Delayed Effects of a Car Accident
Hello, I’m Ed Smith, a Folsom personal injury lawyer. Car accidents can be traumatic experiences no matter how severe of a collision. It is important to keep in mind how injuries related to a car accident may not present themselves immediately following the event. These delayed effects relate no less to the collision and can cause long-lasting suffering.
What is the first thing I should do?
Your first course of action after discovering pain should be to visit a medical professional. This may seem like a no-brainer but dealing with the distractions of an accident, change of your personal schedule, and contacting loved ones, many forget to take the time to be examined by a medical professional. This needs to be done before consulting a car crash lawyer.
How do I know if my injury is related to the crash?
This highlights the importance of being examined by a medical professional. Your doctor will be the best resource to discover the reasons behind your pain. Pain is the way of alarming your body to something that is wrong. Headaches, neck pain, back pain, and abdominal pain are all relevant to impact crashes. Even mental fatigue can reveal itself days after the event and relate to a concussion from the crash.
Cervical Strain (Whiplash) from Car Accidents
Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome, commonly called whiplash, occurs when the neck suffers trauma by a sudden acceleration or deceleration of the body. Whiplash from car accidents, bus accidents, and bicycle accidents are all caused by this sudden movement. This is a serious injury that can be a source of discomfort when performing daily tasks. Additional, the spinal column can suffer damage which leads to numbness. 20% of those involved in a rear-end crash develop whiplash-related pain, according to modernmedicine.com.
Back pain from Car Accidents
Like cervical strains (whiplash), back pain can present itself with other delayed effects. Its cause can be for a variety of reasons but often relates to the ligaments, muscles, or vertebrae. This injury can make returning to work and daily tasks very difficult and the length of recovery and physical rehabilitation can be extensive.
Headaches from Car Accidents
Headaches come from a variety of different reasons. These injuries related to the car accident may not present themselves immediately as they may result from continued pain or stress caused by other injuries. Stress and Anxiety from PTSD can cause severe headaches. Pain from other injuries can cause a lack of sleep and further headaches. Do not hesitate to discuss all current pain with your medical professional. Let him or her be the judge of whether a current discomfort relates to the accident.
Mental Disorders from Car Accidents
Do not disregard emotional trauma which often results from car accidents. The trauma you experience in any accident can lead to PTSD, extreme anxiety, and stress, to just name a few. These injuries can be debilitating as you return to life after an accident. This can impede your ability to focus and fulfill responsibilities. PTSD entails reliving the crash and its stress repeatedly in vivid detail. If you are experiencing these symptoms after a crash, seek medical attention and contact a car crash lawyer.
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I’m Ed Smith, a Folsom Personal Injury Lawyer. I have been serving the community of Folsom for over 30 years. If you, or any member of your family have crash related injuries or suffered a wrongful death, please contact me immediately at 916-921-6400 for a free, friendly advice. You can call me without toll at (800) 404-5400.
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Adapted from: The Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook by Edward A. Smith, a lawyer for the delayed effects of car accidents.